The couple were married on Oct. 4, 1950, in Johnson City.
Mr. McConnell is the longest active male member of Friendship Baptist Church (1942).
He is a Korean Army Veteran; was employed by Mountain Home VA Medical Center for 30 years; is a TSSAA Hall of Fame Basketball and Football Official Inductee (2002); and is a TSSAA Region One Supervisor.
Mrs. McConnell is the former Ann Machen. She is an active member of Friendship Baptist Church.
She is a member of Upper East Human Development Agency CSBG; a member of Monday Club of Johnson City; and is the Comwoleis Club President and Scholarship Chairperson.
The couple have seven children, Charlotte Tate and husband Bennie, Ann Simmons, Eddie McConnell, Sherry Bass (deceased), Garry McConnell and wife Jodi, Tracy Bacon and husband Pedro, Sevella Mostella and husband Stephen; 20 grandchildren (three deceased); 30 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.